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Social Work Associate in Arts

This degree offers lower division preparation for students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work. The program is designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year social work programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking to the research, effects and planning in the field and practice of social work.
  • Investigate social worker duties in dealing with a wide variety of difficult social situations including discrimination, oppression, maltreatment, poverty and injustice.
  • Analyze various situations and determine the proper role of a social worker and the various factors influencing the situation.

Career Opportunities

  • Administration1
  • Child Welfare1
  • Clinical:
    • Counseling, Therapy1
  • Community Organizations:
    • Advocacy, Politics, Education1
  • Criminal Justice/Corrections1
  • Developmental Disabilities1
  • Gerontology1
  • Health Care1
  • Occupational:
    • Counseling1
    • Organizational Development1
    • Teaching1
    • Wellness Promotion1
    • Human Resources1
  • Public Welfare:
    • Social Work1
  • Research1

Bachelor degree or higher recommended.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

BIO-130General Biology I3
ECON-120Principles of Macroeconomics3
or ECON-121 Principles of Microeconomics
HED-201Introduction to Public Health3
Select one of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistics
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Statistics for Life Sciences
PSY-120Introductory Psychology3
SOC-120Introductory Sociology3
SW-110Social Work Fields of Service3
SW-120Introduction to Social Work3
Total Units24-25

Plus General Education Requirements